Students and Teachers
This page contains links to information about bushfires and planned burns in Victoria for students and teachers. Find out where bushfires are currently burning. Discover what causes bushfires and how DEPI fights them, on the ground and from the air. Learn about planned burns that are occurring in your area and why burns are carried out.
StudentsCurrent fires and planned burns Bushfires
- What causes bushfires in Victoria?
- How does DEPI fight fires?
- Using aircraft to fight fires
- How does fire affect the environment?
- Information sheets - fire topics
- Publications - includes information about bushfire safety, how DEPI manages fire on public land and why DEPI carries out planned burns on public land.
- Bushfire history - major fires in Victoria back to 1851 - includes information about Black Saturday, Ash Wednesday, Black Friday and the 2003 Alpine Fires in Victoria.
- Black Friday 1939 - summary
- Black Friday 1939 - ABC Online Documentary
- Bushfire photo gallery
TeachersSchool Bushfire Education Programs
Fire Education programs that focus on the important role of fire in the Australian landscape and the role of fire in maintaining biodiversity are available through the following centres:
- DEPI Forest Education
- Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne - for bookings and enquiries, phone 5990 2200
- Parks Victoria - contact Parks Victoria to find out about their bushfire education programs 13 1963.
- CFA - offers bushfire education materials for kids and on-line teaching materials.
Visit the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website for information supporting the planning of outdoor activities and excursions. This web information includes bushfire emergency response procedures for those carrying out school council approved excursions.
Fire Awareness Awards
Schools are encouraged to enter the Education category of the annual Fire Awareness Awards. Receive recognition for an innovative project that has been delivered to educate students or the wider community about fire, or that involved students in a community fire project.
Two sets of grants are also offered under the Fire Awareness Awards to develop and undertake a new fire initiative, or further develop an existing fire project. Victorian schools have been successful in both grant categories in recent years. We encourage you to consider applying.
- RACV Insurance $10,000 Fire Grant
- Special Incentive Grants up to $2,000